Nick Straker Band

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Nick Straker Band
Origin London, England
Genres Synthpop, new wave, post-disco, jazz-funk fusion[1]
Years active 1980s
Labels Prelude Records (US)
Pinnacle Records (UK)
Decca Records (Germany)
Associated acts New Musik
Website Web archive backup: Official website (no longer relates to Nick Straker Band – December 2011)
Past members Nick Straker
Tony Mansfield
David McShera
Pete Hammond
Phil Towner
Tony Hibbert

The Nick Straker Band were an English pop music group from London, England, led by musician and vocalist Nick Straker. Several members of the band were also in New Musik, and the band's line-up consisted of Straker along with Tony Mansfield, Tony Hibbert, David McShera, Pete Hammond and Phil Towner. Their song "A Walk in the Park" peaked at No. 20 on the UK Singles Chart in 1980, having previously been a substantial hit in Continental Europe in 1979. Their most successful song in the US, "A Little Bit of Jazz", spent one week at No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart in 1981.



Year Song title / singles US Club Play Singles[2] UK Singles Chart[3] US R&B singles[2]
1980 "A Walk in the Park" 20
"Don't Come Back"
"Leaving on the Midnight Train" 61
1981 "A Little Bit of Jazz" / "The Last Goodbye" 1 35
1982 "Like Dust"
"Straight Ahead"
1983 "You Know I Like It"
"Against the Wall"
1984 "Turn Me Down"
"Must You Dance"
"It Only Takes a Minute"
1987 "A Walk in the Park '87 (PWL Mix)" 82


Title[4] Release
Chart positions Information
US Billboard 200 UK Albums Chart
Future's Above My Head (German LP) 1979
  • Producer: Nick Bailey, Jeremy Paul
A Walk in the Park (UK) 1980
  • Producer: Nick Bailey, Paul Lynton, Jeremy Paul
The Nick Straker Band (US) 1981
  • Producer: Nick Straker Band
Nick Straker 1983
  • Producer: Nick Bailey
The Best of Nick Straker: A Walk in the Park 1993
  • Producer: Various

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  1. ^ Web archive backup: "Nick Straker Official Website -". Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ron Wynn. "Nick Straker Band | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Nick Straker Band". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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